Saturday, October 14, 2017

2018 Zelda Calendar

Another year, another Zelda calendar. This is the one for 2018:

And I have to say that it's quite solid, probably the best calendar since 2013 for me (I didn't buy any before that year). There's only one motive that got used previously and it's the first one, which gets used for the September til December 2017 section, which is fine, because I'm not hanging that up anyway. But overall the Zelda series has enough official artwork and illustrations to have completely individual calendars for the next hundred years, so there's no need to repeat things.

But this time the selection of motives is quite rich and also as up-to-date as it gets, since they managed to use illustrations and artwork of Breath of the Wild from E3 2016. I'm also happy that Tri Force Heroes made it in there, because that game is too underrated and certainly offers a pretty nice page there. I also really like the illustration of Link walking through a dark Hyrule Castle from A Link Between Worlds.

I'm not too happy that both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess got featured three times each, where the diversity suffers quite a bit. In the very least they should have used some of the amazing new artworks from Twilight Princess HD (especially the artwork of Zelda looks gorgeous), where the Wii U remaster so far wasn't featured in the calendars yet. Instead they keep bringing old Twilight Princess artworks from 2006. If they want to go old, they could use some of the classic artwork from the NES games instead. But at least they end the year with a pretty amazing piece of Fierce Deity from Majora's Mask 3D.

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